Dairy-free and friendly for most diets this Homemade Cashew Almond Milk is a must-have in our fridge at all times and so easy to make!
If you are following our January nut series, Episode 1 is about making a raw cashew almond nut base and this recipe is using that nut base to make nut milk! Follow our step-by-step guide and video on our raw cashew almond nut base and you will be making delicious recipes in no time!
Looking for that non-dairy, plant-based, or intolerant alternative to cow’s milk? Let us tell you, it is so easy to make raw nut milk at home that you will never want to buy store-bought nut milk again! Plus, with these easy steps, you can even make oat milk, coconut milk, or combine different raw nuts to make the milk like we are doing today. Yum…my!!! Who doesn’t enjoy freshly made milk? We do! Let’s dive into some pros and cons of cow’s milk and the benefits of alternative nutrient-dense kinds of milk.
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Why Homemade Raw Nut Milk?
- No Additives
- Non-Dairy and Plant-Based
- Great for Smoothies/Beverage (coffee,tea), Baking/Desserts, Cooking, and Cereals
All-in-all, the main reason to make your own nut milk is that you can control what goes into it. Whether you decide to make just raw cashew milk, raw almond milk, or even a combination of both or other nuts, your choices are infinite. You have the control of where you purchase your nuts from, such as the understanding of the farming practices. Remember, treat your body right and be knowledgeable of your produce!
Types of Milk Alternatives
Made from raw whole almonds or almond butter with water. It has a light texture and slight sweetness and nutty flavor.
Measurement: 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk, 2.5g fat, 1g protein, 1-2g carbs
Made from a mixture of cashews nuts or cashew butter with water. It is rich and creamy with sweet and subtle nutty flavors.
Measurement: 1 cup (240 ml) of unsweetened cashew milk, 2-4g fat, 0-1g protein, 1-2g carbs
Made from soybeans or soy protein isolate. A mild and creamy flavor.
Measurement: 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened soy milk, 4-4.5g of fat, 7-9g protein, 4g carbs
The simplest form is made with oats and water. It is naturally sweet and mild in flavor.
Measurement: 1 cup (240 ml) 4.5-5g fat, 2.5-5g protein, 19-29g carbs.
Made from the white flesh of brown coconuts and water. Coconut milk has a creamy texture with a sweet and subtle coconut flavor.
Measurement: 1 cup (240 ml) 4g of fat, no protein, and no carbs.
Rice milk is made from milled white or brown rice and water. A great alternative that has the lea/st allergenic of non-dairy milk with those who have allergies or intolerance to dairy, gluten, soy, or nuts. It is mild in taste and naturally sweet in flavor.
Measurement: 1 cup (240 ml) 2-3g of fat, 1g of protein, 27-38g carbs.
Did You Know?
Cow’s milk has been widely consumed around the world for hundreds of centuries and acts as an important source of protein. As nourishing as cow’s milk may be NCBI also mentions, “cow’s milk allergy is one of the most widespread allergies among infants and children (Vanga et al. 2015c).” as well as “the intolerance is due to the absence or deficiency of the enzyme lactase in the digestive tract and is widely observed in 15-75% of adult (Bahna 2002; Scrimshaw and Murray 1988).” As a result, this has people making changes in their lifestyle choices due to allergies and intolerance, exploring veganism, or even for environmental or animal welfare reasons. It has made an increase of people curious about learning more about alternatives for things such as milk.
How To Make Cashew Almond Milk
Time needed: 5 minutes.
- Take your nut base and add it into your blender.
- For every ½ cup of nut base you will need 1 cup water. Blend for 4 minutes.
- Pour your blended nut milk into a cheesecloth-lined in an 8-cup pyrex measuring cup.
- Squeeze out all the liquid. You should get about 4.5 cups to 5 cups of nut milk.
- Be sure to save the nut pulp. They are perfect for sweet and savor nut spreads.
- Take your funnel and 1-liter carafe to store your freshly made nut milk.
- Cap it off and refrigerate up to 5 days for freshness.